Kevin's other uncle John Foss a long time Trumpet player who graduated from Wayne State University in the late fifties went on to playing with many greats such as Tommy Dorsey, Wayne Newton, the Beach Boys, Andy Williams, Sammy Davis Jr., Robert Goulet, Roger Kellaway, Chicago, Maynard Ferguson, Frank Sinatra along with a whole slew of entertainers that went through the mid 60's to late 70's Vegas show circuit.
Kevin's aunt Cielle Kollander was a part of a backup singing unit for Andy Williams, Roger Kellaway, etc.
Kevin's mother Diane sang with his aunt Cielle for Andy Williams and Roger Kellaway and worked with many other Artists such as, Emil Richards, Chuck Domanico, Tom Scott, and many other greats artists whom Kevin met early in his childhood.
Kevin's father Stephen worked with many artists such as Elton John, Leon Russel, Barbara Keith, Roger Kellaway, Chicago, The Beach Boys, Tommy Bolin, Tom Scott, Linda Rondstat, Dolly Parton, Mike Lang, Andy Williams, Billy Joel, Crosby Still Nash and Young, Charles Lloyd, The Beach Boys Charles Lloyd , Earle Mankey, Alan Jardine, Billy Hinsche, Ed Carter, Dennis Wilson, Ricky Fataar, Ron Altbach, Sidney Sharp, Marilyn Wilson, Henry Roth, Jack Nimitz, Jay Migliori, William Kurasch, Mike Kowalski, Jules Jacobs, Henry Ferber, and Kiki Dee. Kevins father went on extensive road trips throughout the world with many of them. Kevin's father built many studios in Southern California, mainly Brother Studio, Sound City, Village Recorders, Gold Star, Location Recorders, etc.
Kevin has studied drums with Ricky Fataar former drummer for: The Flames, Beach Boys, Joe Walsh, Bonnie Raitt, Tim Finn, Renee Geyer, Richard Clapton, Kids in the Kitchen, Split Enz, Crowded House, Mondo Rock, Delbert McClinton, Michael Bruce, Elton John, Robert Palmer, Etta James, Keb Mo, Peter Cetera, Phoebe Snow, Anne Murray, Blondie Chaplin, Stephen Bruton, Yothu Yindi and Ricci Martin, Tommy Bolin, including country star Dolly Parton.
Kevin has studied drums privately with Chuck Glave; David Eagle formerly of Oingo Boingo; John Guerin who recorded and performed with Joni Mitchell and Tom Scott (LA Express).
Kevin is has been studying jazz, blues, rock, country, r&b, funk, including advanced drum technology using techniques taught and developed by Joe Porcaro since 2000; Joe has played and recorded with Sheffield Jazz Experience, Joe Cocker, Living Out Loud, Smooth Jazz, Rosemary Clooney, Don Ellis, Harry Connick Jr., Frank Sinatra, John Klemmer, David Benoit, Richard Marx, Roger Kellaway, Steven Kowalczyk, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Harvey Mandel, Lee Ritenour, Milt Jackson, Louie Bellson, Severin Browne, Raymone Carter, Felix Cavaliere, Chuck Findley, Jerry Hey, Victor Feldman, Charles Loper, Rick Baptist, Leland Sklar, Steve Lukather, Dennis Budimir, Gary Grant, David Paich, David Hungate and many others, including most movie and television (including series) sound tracks. Joe Porcaro studied under Alexander LePak and taught at Musicians Institute (MI) in Hollywood California and is currently co-department head at Los Angeles Music Academy, in Pasadena California.
Kevin studied advanced drum technology in spent most of 2002 under Ralph Humphrey who is also Los Angeles Music Academy drum co-department head(with Joe Porcaro); Ralph has worked with many top artists including but not limited to: Frank Zappa, Al Jarreau, Henry Mancini, Jose Feliciano, Manhattan Transfer, Wayne Shorter, Willie Bobo, Shirley Bassey, Peter Allen, Karen Alexander, Caldera, Lynda Carter, Randy Crawford, C.O.D., George Doering, Ken Wild, Dean Parks, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Mike Garson, Don Ellis, David Foster, Chester Thompson, Ray Kelley, Ray White, Patrick O'Hearn, Tommy Mars, etc, etc,.
Kevin has also studied Latin percussion with Bobby Matos, and has attend three World Beat Rhythm Seminars under Maria Martinez and Ed Roscetti. Our drummeister, Kevin, studied with Billy Higgins shortly before his untimely passing! (We love you Billy!).
Kevin since July of 2003, is now studying under Alphonse Mouzon, who started the group Weather Report. Mouzon served as a session drummer on recordings by Tim Hardin (Bird on a Wire), Gil Evans (Gil Evans), Weather Report (Weather Report), Norman Connors (Dance of Magic), John Klemmer (Magic and Movement), and Teruo Nakamura (Unicorn). Mouzon released solo albums: The Essence of Mystery, Funky Snakefoot, Mind Transplant. Trilogue Live was a collaborative group effort between Albert Mangelsdorff, Jaco Pastorius and Alphonse Mouzon. Mouzon was a full-time member of Larry Coryell's Eleventh House (1974 - 1975) and Back Together Again. Mouzon hasn't limited to just fusion however, as he's proven his versatility by either recording with or performing alongside the likes of Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Patrick Moraz, Tommy Bolin, and Chubby Checker. Additionally, Mouzon has been acting, including a part alongside Tom Hanks, in the film, That Thing You Do!.
Kevin is currently studying with Danny Pucillo, who played along side John Foss in Robert Goulet's band in the 70's.
Kevin is understudy to: Buddy Childers, Pat Longo and Steve Spiegl Big-Bands; also with Ralph Razze, a versatile big-band drummer, who has worked with all of the greats!
In 1970 Steve Spiegl became the chief arranger for the Stan Kenton Orchestra, arranging one of the biggest hits, "Hey Jude" (from the Beatles), recorded on the "Live at Redlands University" album. In 1973, he won the Hollywood Radio and Television Society's International Broadcasting Award for writing the music for the "World's Best Broadcast Ad of the Year". Steve was Director of Jazz Studies and Brass at Pepperdine University, Malibu, and published over 50 original compositions for school jazz bands with Maggio Music Press. In 1985 the Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corp used Steve's composition "Bacchanalia" as their opener for their winning performance at the Drum Corp International. Over 10,000 schools throughout the U.S. and Canada currently use Steve's compositions in their music programs. For 34 years, Steve has rehearsed weekly with his own band, the Steve Spiegl Big Band, which features some of the biggest names in the Hollywood studio industry. They have just released their fourth album "Enigma", on the Sorcerer Records label. Prior albums have been "Hot!" (1979), "Perspectives" (1981), and "Then and Now" (1993).
Kevin at present, is studying under the most influential players, writers, and arrangers in the history of Big band jazz music ! This has helped Kevin's playing tremedously in icreasing his interpretation, from subtle to ultimate ferociousness. There is also an element of sweetness and charm to his playing; equal in small combo bands to the ultimate of all bands, and that being Big Band music playing!! Isn't it great to see a fifth generation musicians coming into his own!
Watch out for this boy Kevin it looks like he's on the path towards real musical greatness!
Career Highlights !
Kevin as a teenager went to Holland with his father who was the Beach Boys Chief Engineer at the time and recorded some percussion tracks on the Beach Boys Holland Album the songs entitled "Trader" and "Sail on Sailor" which Brother Records/ Warner Bros. Released in 1973, and also can be heard on their "In Concert" record later in the next year.
Kevins father had recorded both of the tracks in the studio at Carls request in the BBC-2 Studio that was in a little hamlet called Baambrugge, which Kevin helped build with the Crew his father had hired. Kevin occassionally played with the Beach Boys in the Studio and in Concerts which allowed him to gain first hand experience in recording and stage performance with the most famous bands that were successful and whom allowed him to play on the same stages as Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, the Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Honk, etc., while gaining much needed experience.
Carl being one of his favorite friends in the band who supported encouraged him to record and play whenever he was around. Carl and the rest of the guys used to love seeing Kevin come in while they were recording and asked him occassionaly to sit in and play drums or guitar or whatever seemed cool at the time. Dennis has encouraged Kevin in learning the bass guitar when he was young.
Kevin went on and played and with Ron Shumake, Stan Behrens, Henry Vestine, Skip Taylor who were members of Canned Heat in 1979 along with friend Jimmy Roberts, from time to time, Kevin then joined with Kieran White, founder and leader of Steamhammer (a blues band from England) in 1980. Kevin went on and formed his own band called Renegade shortly after this time and the band did quite well.
Kevin quit Renegade then got some guys together and called themselves Guitar Willie and Freeride and performed as a cover band that played top forty and some original compositions until 1981. Shortly after this Kevin left the band and joined up with Gene Summers and played all of Gene's original folk, blues oriented songs, that had a taste of JJ Cale, and the captivating Eric Clapton guitar sound to it.
In 1982 Kevin formed another Band Called Oxiegen. This band was another Studio oriented band much in the style of Steely Dan in the early days, while writing and recording songs in the Studio then releasing great songs. Oxiegen has currently recorded more than fifty hours of original songs including some greatly re-arranged and burning top forty songs like Santanas "Black Magic Woman," and others like the Beatles, "Glass Onion." Of all the top forty songs recorded the ones Kevins band recorded are still more refreshing and pleasing today then when they were done by the original artists. In 1983 Kevin worked with Brian Bouchard in Seattle.
Kevin has done Concerts like the "Summer of Love Revival" Concerts held in San Francisco in 1987-- in fact the Crowd and the Stage Manager loved Kevin and his band so much that he was asked to play an extra hour on top of the forty-five minutes allotted to all of the other bands that were scheduled to perform that day.
Kevin Michaels Band was made up of, Don Julio -Lead Guitar player & Singer, Richard Simon the Bassist, Alex Escovel - Rhythm Guitar, Dave "The Conga Man from West Hollywood California" and Keyboardist Luke "Super Cool" Theule (from the Procol Harum band). Kevin performed on the many of the same stages along with Moby Grape, in fact at one gig Don Stevenson asked if he could play on Kevins Black Chrome Slingerland Drums, while doing a joint gig at the Moscone Center, since both were doing separate shows there that day.
Kevin has also played on the same stage with It's a Beautiful Day, John Sebastian of the Lovin Spoonful, Fraternity of Man and Strawberry Alarm Clock , Country Joe, Maria Maldaur, plus Max Gail and Friends, Brewer and Shipley, Joe Houston, Mickey Champion and many other exciting Artists such as Ice Breaker, Michael Stevens, Curtis Gray and the Blues II Blues Band, Under the Wheel (a spanish rock band), Kerry Doolin, Jimmy Roberts, Gerald Ishibashi& Stonebridge, Guitar Shorty and The Darlings, Champagne Velvet (Country), Alley Gators (Blues Rock), The Martins, Teddy Lee Hooker, Tommy Tedesco, John Rangel, Michael Saucier, Mack Dougherty, etc. etc., and can often be caught at The Baked Potato, the Whisky a Go Go, Rocco's in Bel Air and many other fine Music Venues in and around Southern California.